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Capps to Host Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Resiliency

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On Wednesday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) and Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal will host a roundtable with county and UCSB officials to discuss federal and local actions to address climate change resiliency. The timing of the roundtable coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit currently taking place in New York. Also attending the roundtable are David Lackie, Santa Barbara County Interim Deputy Director of Long Range Planning, and Monique Myers, Jenny Dugan, and John Melack, who are principal investigators for the Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment.

“As hundreds of thousands of people assemble in New York City to urge action to respond to climate change, our local agencies are working hard to help build a more resilient Central C Read More »

US Test Launches Unarmed Missile

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The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.

The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific to a target on the Kwajalein Atoll.

The Air Force Global Strike Command says the test was a success. A statement says the Department of Defense will use the data collected from this mission for continuing force development evaluation.

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SLO Blues Baseball Has New Head Coach

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San Luis Obispo Blues Baseball General Manager Adam Stowe has announced that, effective immediately, local resident and business owner, Jamie Clark, will assume the roll of Head Coach of the 2015 San Luis Obispo Blues.

Clark will be relinquishing his role as a Director on the board of the San Luis Obispo Blues non-profit foundation, a position he has held for the past 4 years, to take over as the SLO Blues skipper – filling the void created by the departure of Coach Chal Fanning, who left in early September to assume the role of Pitching Coach for Austin Peay State University. “We are extremely thankful to have had Coach Fanning for all these years. He will be greatly missed,” commented Stowe.

In addition to his duties as Head Coach, Jamie Clark will assume respo Read More »

House Fire in San Luis Obispo

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San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire 424 Foothill Road, in the City of San Luis Obispo at 9:15pm last night.  The first SLO City Fire Department unit arrived within 4 minutes of being dispatched and found fire in the attic of a 1,800 square foot single-story single-family residence. The attic fire was contained to the area of origin by fire personnel.  One occupant of the house was in the house at the time of the fire and was alerted by neighbors that fire was coming out of his attic vents.  The fire was quickly and aggressively attacked with two hose lines, confining the fire to the attic area above the kitchen and sparing significant damage to the rest of the home. Control of the fire was achieved within 15 minutes of the initial Read More »

Stabbing Incident Results in Two Arrests

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On September 19, 2014 at about 10:18pm, Paso Robles Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Niblick Rd. for a stabbing that had just occurred. Upon arrival it was discovered that all of the involved parties were no longer at the scene. The victim of the assault, a 31 year old Paso Robles resident, returned to the scene and contacted Officers identifying himself as the victim of the stabbing. He had sustained an apparent knife wound to his forearm that required sutures. The victim described being in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant, when he was confronted by two suspects. The suspects suddenly struck the victim while he was sitting in his car, and at some point stabbed the victim. The victim was treated and released for his injuries at Twin Cities Community Hospit Read More »

Jury Convicts Man of Kidnapping for Extortion

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A jury in Santa Maria convicted Raymond Daniel Macias of kidnapping for extortion with the special allegations of causing substantial injury, principal use of a firearm, and the criminal street gang allegation. Raymond Macias is facing a sentence of life without the possibility of parole based on his conviction today. Macias was a leader of the Sureno gangs in Santa Barbara County for several years and was working directly for a prominent and violent prison gang.

On January 3, 2013 several gang members lured John Doe to a garage in Lompoc. While in the garage, gang member Luis Alfredo Almanza struck John Doe in arm with a hatchet. Other gang members then tied up John Doe, duct taped his mouth, and tied him to a milk crate on top of plastic covering the floor and walls. Several Read More »

30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

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ECOSLO hosted the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20th, from 9 AM to Noon. Based on preliminary results from   Site Captain volunteers, there was less trash and marine debris on the beaches this year than last year. Over 1050 volunteers picked up over 3,600 pounds of trash and recyclables on over 56 miles of San Luis Obispo County coast and shorelines.

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Narcotics Search Warrant Served

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On Friday at approximately 1:00pm, Paso Robles Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team Detectives served a narcotics related search warrant in the 700 block of Spring St. During the service of the warrant, a laptop computer was located that was identified as stolen property from a recent residential burglary that had occurred three days prior. A stolen credit card was also located, whose owner had reported the credit card had been taken during a recent vehicle burglary.

Brandon Michael Loewen of Paso Robles- was arrested for possession of stolen property, sales of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detectives also located evidence on Loewen that implicated a male juvenile’s involvement in possessing the stolen laptop. That juvenile was contacted in the 1 Read More »

Two Arrested in Fight Related Death

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On Thursday, Sheriff’s Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Sergio Aranda, 35, of Salinas and Travis Woolf, 36 of San Miguel in connection with the death of 54-year-old Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano of San Miguel. Medrano died during a fight with the suspects on Sept 7 outside the Elk Horn Bar in San Miguel. The suspects in this case are employed as correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County. Detectives responded to the Salinas area and Woolf was arrested at his place of employment without incident. Both are being charged with voluntary manslaughter. This investigation was lengthy, complicated by the number of individuals involved, and by conflicting statements from some of those individuals. Additional information discovered during the investigation Read More »

Animal Rescue Team Encourages Motorists to Look Out for Wildlife

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As the drought is drawing wildlife in search of food and water from remote areas to urban roads and highways, The Animal Rescue Team, Inc. (ART) is encouraging motorists to participate in California’s statewide “Watch Out for Wildlife” week by taking the following special precautions while driving:

1. Be alert when driving in wildlife areas, such as Highways 154 and 246. Scan both sides of the road for animals, watch for wildlife signs, and never drive distracted.

2. Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Reducing your speed will increase your response time to avoid colliding and killing a crossing animal.

3. Limit driving in wildlife areas at night. More than 90 percent of wildlife collisions occur at night. During d Read More »

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